GIS – 2 July 2013: The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Mr. Anil Bachoo, gave details pertaining to the Road Decongestion Programme while replying to the Private Notice Question of the Leader of Opposition, Mr. Alan Ganoo in the National Assembly this morning.
Minister Bachoo recalled that in 2009, Government decided that the Road Decongestion Programme, which is a critical component in the Government strategy to address the problem of road congestion be implemented within a Public Private Partnership (PPP) configuration. “Therefore all the processes adopted, including the procurement procedure stand, to be governed by a well-defined model enshrined in the PPP Guidance Manual”, he said.
“The PPP concept was introduced as one of the means to support capital intensive projects. The relevant legal framework was put in place and a full-fledged PPP Unit was set up in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development”, he stated. Hence, one of the main objectives of the PPP model is to transfer the functions of delivering a service and its associated risks from Government to a Private organisation for a pre-determined period of time against some form of payment.
The Road Development Authority had initially identified the Ring Road and the Harbour Bridge as potential projects to be considered as PPP because of the high investments involved for the implementation of such projects. Subsequently, it was decided that, in addition to the Harbour Bridge and Ring Road, the following projects should also be considered, namely the existing M1 and M2 roads, and the Terre Rouge-Verdun Link Road. During the feasibility study, it was found that it would be advisable to include a major connection between Coromandel and Montebello to decongest lower PlainesWilhems and to improve all the junctions of M1 and M2 between Phoenix and Terre Rouge, Minister Bachoo further added.
In its final shape, the design, construction and operation components of the Road Decongestion Programme are as follows:-
(i) Harbour Bridge;
(ii) Ring Road lot 2 including tunnel;
(iii) Grade separated Junctions at Jumbo, Pont Fer and Dowlut roundabouts;
(iv) Widening of M2 from Quay D to Terre Rouge;
(v) Grade Separated Junctions at Mer Rouge, Baie du Tombeau, Riche Terre, Jin Fei and Terre Rouge roundabouts;
(vi) Construction of a bridge over GRNW to link A1 at Belle Etoile to Montebello on M1;
(vii) New Link between Nicolay Road and Quay D;
(viii) New interchange at Camp Chapelon and removal of Autopont at Bell Village;
(ix) New Ramp from A1 to M1 at Cassis and Pedestrian footbridge;
(x) Terre Rouge-Verdun-Ebène Link Road;
(xi) Rehabilitation and resurfacing of M1 and M2 roads.
As operation components only the following projects have also been included in the PPP Road Decongestion Programme:-
(i) Terre Rouge-Verdun-Ebène Link Road, including its link to Valentina;
(ii) Motorways M1 and M2 from Valentina to Terre rouge ;
(iii) Ring Road Lot 1
Moreover, Minister Bachoo informed the House that the construction of Ring Road Lot 1 has already been completed, and that motorway M1 has been widened by the inclusion of a third lane from Pont Fer to Place D’Armes, except for the segment between Colville Deverell Bridge and Sorèze. He also said that the construction of the Terre Rouge-Verdun and Ebène-Trianon link roads is nearing completion, while for the remaining components, construction will be undertaken during actual execution of the PPP contract.
“After construction all these roads will be tolled”, he announced.
With regard to procurement for the Road Decongestion Programme, Mr. Bachoo highlighted that a preferred bidder was appointed by the Central Procurement Board on21 December 2012. On the same date, a notice was issued to the second best evaluated offer who was appointed as Reserve bidder. This appointment of a Preferred bidder and a Reserve bidder is an integral part of the PPP procurement process. “The selection of the preferred bidder is tied up with conditions recommended by the CPB and these conditions have to be fulfilled so that the bidding exercise could reach the conclusive stage”, he added.
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